La Palma: beautiful island, whole-heartedly
The island of La Palma is located northwest of the Canarian Archipelago, with the naked eye, on the map, it presents a curious heart shape, rather elongated. Due to the beauty of its green landscapes, it is known as La Isla Bonita, the result of the influence of the dominant atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic Ocean. The nature of La Palma has made it accredited as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
The north center of its territory is occupied by an immense cavity, the Caldera de Taburiente which is also a national park, which is not precisely a volcanic caldera, the result of an eruptive activity, but of erosion.
The Barranco de Las Angustias, located at its bottom, is the only continuous stream of water in the Canary Islands, and therefore a river. At the top of the caldera, the highest peak of the island, the Roque de los Muchachos (2,426 m.) And around the facilities of the Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysical Observatory, are located. In the middle, pine groves keep the soil fixed and natural erosion slowed down. In those cliffs, epic struggles between Aboriginals and Castilians were lived during the conquest of the island.
The island’s volcanic activity should not be sought in the Caldera de Taburiente, but further south, in the foothills of Cumbre Nueva and Cumbre Vieja and even further south at the southernmost tip of the island, in Fuencaliente. In these environments, there have been some of the most recent volcanic eruptions in the Canary Islands: San Juan Volcano (1949) and Teneguía Volcano (1971).
The capital of the island is Santa Cruz de La Palma. In it, churches, buildings and small bourgeois houses and the iconic colored balconies that overlook its promenade stand out. Singular buildings are the one of the City council, of Renaissance style, the Church of the Savior and manor houses, many of them grouped in the Real Street.
A short distance from the island capital, is the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, which every five years descends to Santa Cruz in procession in some festivities that are known as the Lustrales Festivities.
La Palma routes
In the north direction from the capital, and on the way back to La Palma, we find the town of Puntallana, which they say was the palm grove. Going further, we discover we must not miss the town of San Andrés y Sauces, where hikers have the Los Tilos area to enjoy hiking in a laurel environment.
Windward is the next milestone of the route, a very picturesque banana village. Garafía, The next stop, still maintains its rural typism. Beyond Puntagorda and Tijarafe and the seaman Tazacorte, you will arrive, on the way back to the capital, to the Plains of Aridane and El Paso, in whose homes of Indians you can see the signs left by the benefits of emigration Palm to America.
To the south is Fuencaliente, on the east coast of the island, Mazo where you can see the amazing Cave of Belmaco, Breña Baja and Breña Alta, finally, they are two places closely linked to the development of Santa Cruz de La Palma. This is La Palma that is left to discover.
La Palma, beautiful island whole-heartedly.
Barlovento es el siguiente hito de la ruta, un pueblo platanero muy pintoresco. Garafía, La siguiente parada, aún mantiene su tipismo rural. Más allá de Puntagorda y Tijarafe y de la marinera Tazacorte, se llega, en el camino de vuelta a la capital, a los Llanos de Aridane y El Paso, en cuyas casas de indianos se puede ver las señas dejadas por los beneficios de la emigración palmera a América.
Al sur queda Fuencaliente, en la costa este insular, Mazo donde se puede ver la sorprendente Cueva de Belmaco, Breña Baja y Breña Alta, por último, son dos vegas muy vinculadas al desarrollo de Santa Cruz de La Palma. Así es La Palma que se deja descubrir.
La Palma, isla bonita todo corazón.
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